John Clarke, Jr.
|Birthplace:||Pasquotank County, North Carolina, United States|
|Death:||Died in Anson County, North Carolina, United States|
Son of John Clarke and Mary Clarke
|Managed by:||Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton|
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About John Clarke, Jr.
Note) Settler of Bertie Precinct, now Edgecombe Co., North Carolina Occup: Part of the Indian Trader Community in Occ
As for John Clark Jr., it is difficult to understand why researchers continue to question his existence. Pasquotank land records, beginning in 1716, seem to confirm his existence and kinship to Mary (Palin) Clark -- unless one wants to believe that Mary (Palin) Clark "gifted" her 1694 land grant on Flatty Creek to a John Clark who was not her son. However, John Clark Jr."disappears" from Pasquotank Precinct records about 1727.
Could John Clark Jr. born in 1689 shortly after the death of his father, be the John Clark of Anson Co., NC who was Elijah Clark's father and who named one of his other sons Alston Clark? Is there enough circumstantial evidence for a reasonable person (but perhaps not finicky genealogists) to conclude that Elijah Clark's father, John Clark, was closely related to the Mary Clark who married John Alston? Perhaps if we can confirm Mary (Clark) Alston's parentage we will have solved the riddle of Elijah Clark's grandfather. Along the way, we may also find proof that John Clark Sr. of Pasquotank was one of the CLARK brothers of Barbados and of CLARK and MOORMAN family legends.
John Clark Sr. who was born in either Virginia or North Carolina but spent most of his life on the North Carolina
frontier. John Clark Sr.died in South Carolina, while living on a Pacolet River land grant near Grindle Shoals.
John Clark Sr., began patenting property along the Great Pee Dee River in southern North Carolina as early as 20 June 1740 when he patented 200 acres on the upper end of Bear Island in an area that was considered dangerour Indian territory and was located on the far western fringe of Bladen Co. (it would become Anson Co. in 1748). John Clark Sr. probably moved his family from Edgecombe Co to the Pee Dee about 1745 when Elijah was entering
Between 1740 and 1752, John Clark Sr. accumulated more than 20 patents along the Pee Dee, many of which he later sold to Quaker families migrating south from Hanover and Louisa Cos., VA.
In April 1752, John Clark patented 600 acres on the Broad River, and the patent stated that it was "where Clark was settled." In fact, I think Mary Clark and the Clark children remained resident in Anson Co. until 1754 when they all moved west to the Broad River valley. In March 1754, John Clark applied for an 800-acre patent along the Pacolet River, a tributary of the Broad. That patent included the phrase "including place where he now lives."
Mary Clark died on the Pacolet River property sometime before September, 1758 when a land sale document identified John Clark Sr. as the new husband of widow Martha Pickens (John Clark was selling property located on the Catawba River which had been left to Martha by husband John Pickens (1731-1757)).
By 1764, both Elijah Clark and his brother John Jr. had returned to Anson Co. and taken up residence on Rockey Run, a tributary of the Pee Dee River. In March 1767, John Clark Sr. gifted 100 acres along the Pee Dee River to son Elijah and another 115 acres along the Pee Dee to son John Jr. Both properties were along Rocky Run on the east side of the Pee Dee. Elijah, by then married
to Hannah Arrington and the father of a new son, lived on this property until his father died (probably about 1770).
Elijah’s father, in addition to being an active land speculator, had served as Col. and commander of the Anson Co. militia from 1748 until 1753.
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Pasquotank County, North Carolina, United States
Edgecombe, North Carolina, USA
Edgecombe, NC, USA
Anson County, North Carolina, United States